If you’ve been diagnosed with trichomoniasis, you should get treated as quickly as possible — the infection is unlikely to go away on its own, and you risk passing the infection on to others if you don’t get it treated.
Trichomoniasis treatment usually involves a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics for trichomoniasis include Metronidazole, which is the most common and effective treatment for trich.
Metronidazole can be used to treat a range of infections — such as skin or mouth infections, or conditions such as bacterial vaginosis — but it is also very effective at treating a trich infection. When taken twice a day, Metronidazole will usually clear up the infection within 7 days.
You should follow the dosage as advised by your doctor or pharmacist. It’s most effective when taken after eating, but you should refrain from drinking alcohol while taking Metronidazole and for at least 24 hours after completing the course. You should also avoid having unprotected sex during treatment, as you may become reinfected or continue to pass the infection to others.
You may experience side effects when taking Metronidazole, which can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Skin flushing
- An increased heart rate or heart palpitations
If you experience these or any other side effects while taking antibiotics for trichomoniasis, contact your GP or pharmacist for advice.